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Triple tragedy proved too much for dad, 28.

Byline: Chris Beckett

A MAN who suffered three tragedies in quick succession took his own life with an overdose of anti-depressants.

An inquest heard Darren Casey suffered depression after his baby was stillborn, the death of his father and the collapse of his marriage. In a statement read to Cardiff Coroners' Court, his mother Irene Casey said: ``He was feeling depressed as his wife had given birth to a still-born baby, then his dad had died at the age of 65.

``Darren had told me he wanted to kill himself, but I told him to look forward.''

The 28-year-old had moved from Ireland in 2002 to live with Irene at her home in System Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff. On Tuesday, October 1, Darren told his mother he had taken two strips of sleeping tablets and some anti-depressants.

When his mother said she would ring the emergency services, Darren said he had not actually taken the tablets but the next morning she found him ``icy cold'' in bed. Paramedics were called and he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

Police found one packet of sleeping tablets and two packets of anti-depressants in his bedroom.

A post-mortem examination found levels of antidepressants in Mr Casey's blood at four times the recommended dose and within fatal levels.

Cardiff coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott said with Mr Casey's history of depression the only verdict that could be reached was that he killed himself while suffering from depression.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 14, 2003
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